Aaron Hernandez

Judge OKs Hernandez trial delay in 2012 killings


Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is led into the courtroom to be arraigned on homicide charges at Suffolk Superior Court in Boston, Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Hernandez pleaded not guilty in the shooting deaths of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. He already faces charges in the 2013 killing of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. (AP Photo/Dominick Reuter, Pool)

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is led into the courtroom to be arraigned on homicide charges at Suffolk Superior Court in Boston, Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Hernandez pleaded not guilty in the shooting deaths of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. He already faces charges in the 2013 killing of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. (AP Photo/Dominick Reuter, Pool)

BOSTON (AP) — A judge has agreed to delay the trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez in the 2012 slaying of two Boston men.

Hernandez is charged with murder in the fatal shootings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado after a chance encounter at a nightclub. His trial was scheduled to begin in May.

But during a court hearing Tuesday, Hernandez’s lawyer asked a judge to delay the trial by six months, citing a separate murder trial Hernandez faces in the 2013 killing of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd.

The judge agreed to delay the Boston trial, but said he wants to see how long the trial in Lloyd’s murder takes before setting a new date.

Jury selection in the Lloyd case is set to begin Jan. 5.

Source: AP

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